How do I specify search parameters other than file name?

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS - Search

I want to, for example, retrieve a list of JPEGs on my USB drive that are larger than 1 MB.

I am interested in GUI solutions only — something I would feel comfortable recommending to a novice user who has come to me for help with Ubuntu.

  • If you're willing to use the terminal, you can enter all kinds of search parameters and harness some of the true power of linux, by using the "find" command. man find will get you started, and find --help will remind you once you get to know it a bit. Or, search the net for articles on "linux find", or check wikipedia article. As for the nautilus search, it says "Search for files by Name", so that's all you can really expect. – Marty Fried May 3 '12 at 2:05

EDIT: Try typing . first in the search entry, then you can add options.


You could try gnome-search-tool

sudo apt-get install gnome-search-tool

You could also launch it with custom otions in the current nautilus path using a nautilus script or nautilus-actions.

  • 2
    Does adding . work because it's a wildcard or because most files have an extension? – Annan May 28 '12 at 16:21

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